Shit that Pissed me Off This Week – 7/27
Some guy kills a bunch of people in a Movie Theatre and Some other guy on Facebook has a Solution
So first off, thanks for taking a horrible tragedy and making it all about your agenda. Well done.
This is not a guns are awesome/guns are awful thing. I’ve talked about that before. This is a “what are you – stupid?” thing.
You don’t know what the fuck you are talking about because the guy released tear gas into the theatre and then opened fire. If you were in that theater with a gun, you would have needed to get a clear shot at the killer so that you wouldn’t kill any of the panicking crowd that is all around him. In a theatre filled with tear gas. Your odds of killing an innocent bystander are probably just as high or higher than your odds of killing the bad guy.
It’s great to think that if you were there, you would have saved more people. We all want to believe that. It’s bullshit. John McLean is a character in a movie.
A guy walks into a packed theatre, fills it with smoke and starts shooting, a bunch of people are going to die. If you were there and you had a gun, you wouldn’t have stopped it from happening. You are not Rambo.
This is a pretty complex situation but here’s the thing. A young woman was raped and then her attackers shared naked pictures of her with anyone who wanted to see them. She pressed charges, her attackers pled guilty and negotiated that their names would not be revealed. She decided that she didn’t like the deal and so outed them on Twitter.
Legal or not, I admire her for choosing to be something other than a victim.
Of course, now the attackers’ lawyers are taking her to court in hopes that she will face fine and/or imprisonment for her actions (the charges were dropped later in the week). So this young woman was standing up against her attackers and she could have ended up going to jail. For being raped.
Because, it would appear, the men who attacked her have more rights to their privacy than they felt she had to hers.
If you link to the article, you will find a scientist who has been asking the Discovery Institute for evidence of a claim they are making that “proves” Intelligent Design.
Let me do an aside here: Intelligent Design and Creationism are not quite the same thing. I understand that. However, using scientific arguments to claim that evolutionary theory is wrong is really just wrapping Creationism in slightly different clothing. Believing evolution was not an accident is one thing. Claiming you have evidence that proves your statement is quite another.
As far as I’m concerned, if you are using bad science to back up claims on the origin of life, you are a creationist. ID = “old earth” creationism but it is still creationism.
So the Discovery Institute makes an extraordinary claim.
Carl Zimmer says “where’s your evidence?”
They say “buy our book.”
He says “I shouldn’t have to buy your book. You should be able to point me to the research you use to make whatever crazy ass claims you make in your book”
I should note that I’m paraphrasing.
The response is “hey, how about a debate on our website?”
He says “Hey, how about your fucking evidence???”
Again, I must stress that I’m paraphrasing.
On and on it goes. The Discovery Institute has devoted most of it’s time to complaining that Zimmer is being a jerk when all he’s saying is “Where’s your evidence” and they are responding “STOP BULLYING US!!!”
Why do I hate creationism in all forms? Because you have to lie to promote it as truth and if you don’t lie by providing false evidence, you lie by refusing to reveal your evidence. They only reason to do that is if you know your evidence is faulty.
The blog to which I link is by an old friend who writes for FreeThoughtBlogs and she begins by telling you some stories about the wonderful ladies over at skepchick.org.
I know most of them myself and they are pretty awesome, funny folks.
Stephanie writes about them because of this post:
Would it be immoral to rape a Skepchick?
Post by Pappa » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:46 am
Not for sexual gratification or power or anything like that, just because they’re so annoying.
I’m really torn on this one. :dunno:
See, this is supposed to be a joke.
I don’t know a lot about being a woman. I’m somewhat ill-equipped in that arena. I do my best to pay attention to women when they tell me what it’s like to be a woman because it seems fair to think they would have some first hand knowledge.
I know a lot more about comedy. I know about telling jokes.
While this troll has no intention of raping anyone, his statement is problematic because even as a joke, it implies a threat, right? He’s saying “You chicks are so annoying that if you don’t shut up, I’m gonna rape you” and, he further “jokes,” it might not even be immoral.
So there is nothing funny about what he’s saying and even if I accept that he has no intention of raping these (or any other) women, he is devaluing their opinion by suggesting the only possible response to that opinion is violent physical assault.
There is no universe where this kind of “joke” is OK.
You can tell a funny rape joke. They exist. They are risky and I probably wouldn’t tell one unless I was 100% convinced it was drop dead hilarious.
This “joke” is not funny in part because the person who wrote it is serious. He does think the Skepchicks are annoying and that makes the rest of what he says creepy and fucked up.
Not even a week since the massacre in Aurora Colorado and there are already people claiming the whole thing was a conspiracy. You know why?
Because they are nuts, that’s why.
What frightens me is the number of people who make this assumption about everything. To them, there is no such thing as a single nutjob doing something that doesn’t make any sense. Because it doesn’t make any sense, they have to construct an elaborate conspiracy theory that makes even less sense.
You will never find a way to make sense out of an action like this. You will only make yourself crazy by trying. Want proof? Click on the link.
After Chick Fil-A’s President admitted that their corporation was against Gay Marriage, the Muppets pulled their endorsement deal (bad call to have one in the first place.) Rather than being honest about the whole thing, Chick Fil-A announced that they had pulled the Muppets toys for “safety concerns.”
They got caught in that lie so they decided to try another one. They had PR reps go out onto Facebook to tell people that they had pulled the Muppets toys weeks ago.
Except this is the internet and if you are going to try a ruse like that, you can expect it’ll be exposed. Like this.
If avoiding Chick Fil-A because they are creating a corporate culture of homophobia isn’t enough for you, how about the fact they are creating a corporate culture of being lying idiots?
Men’s Right’s Dude said Something Stupid to me on Twitter
I blocked the guy because he’s clearly just trolling anyone who makes any observation that suggests feminists might have a point. After a while you get tired telling him he’s stupid.
His first salvo came after I observed that almost all the commenters on a “Harassment isn’t that big a deal” post were men. Because they were. Believe it or not, that says something pretty important about those people.
If women aren’t feeling they can be part of the dialogue unless they are agreeing with what the men are saying, what does that say about the argument being made?
Having made that observation, I got the following tweet:
and that renders them irrelevant? Men and boys are half the world’s population.
WHAT????? Half of the world’s population is male??? Where do you get these crazy statistics?
On a Snapple cap? Off of Wikipedia? From a peer-reviewed article in a respected scientific journal?
I’ll bet it was a Snapple cap.